DWP partners with CITB to get more people in construction

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A campaign aimed at attracting more people of all ages and backgrounds from across the UK into the sector has been launched this week by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Build Your Future campaign takes place for two weeks (Monday 9th October – Friday 20th October 2017) and follows on from last year’s campaign which resulted in 58,000 activities happening across Great Britain.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of careers in construction through face to face activities with the likes of Kier, Multiplex and Balfour Beatty. CITB is also  delivering industry briefing sessions across Great Britain in addition to pre-recording some audio briefings on key industry topics which Jobcentre Plus staff can access at a time to suit them.

They and their clients will then be encouraged to find out more about potential careers in construction at the industry’s careers website – Go Construct.

Other key activities throughout the campaign include:

  • Scott Builders Ltd will be briefing Jobcentre Plus staff in Stirling about construction careers so they can provide accurate and up to date messaging about the career opportunities locally.
  • Mace are opening their BBC site in London to the Jobcentre Plus claimants.
  • HMS Staircases Specialists are inviting visitors to find out about specialist construction careers in the sector at their factory in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
  • Lovell are supporting a event at Bridgend Job Centre to raise awareness of construction career opportunities among Jobcentre Plus claimants

Janette Welton-Pai, CITB Partnerships Manager, said: “Working in partnership with the DWP to deliver the Build Your Future campaign helps CITB and the construction industry to address key issues in the sector, challenge industry stereotypes and recruit the next generation of talent.

“According to our latest research, nearly 180,000 new jobs will be up for grabs in construction over the next five years, due to the strong pipeline of projects which are scheduled. This campaign helps Jobcentre Plus staff and new recruits to understand just how rewarding a career in the industry can be and enables individuals to take their first step on the road to a successful career in construction.”

Anne Pavey, DWP Senior National Account Manager, said “Following a successful campaign in 2016, CITB and DWP are once again working together to deliver the Build Your Future campaign in October.  This campaign aims to raise awareness of the wide range of construction career and progression options among Jobcentre Plus staff and clients.  By working together, DWP and CITB can attract new talent of all ages and backgrounds into an industry that has a job role for every one and support the development and retention of skilled people in the construction sector.”